The Semiotics Workshop

Culture in Context

Month: April 2014

2014 Michicagoan Schedule

“Coordinating Continuities: Language and Sameness Across Time and Space”
The Sixteenth University of Michigan – University of Chicago Graduate Student Conference in Linguistic Anthropology
To be held at the Gordon Center for Integrative Science, W301, 929 East 57th Street, University of Chicago, May 2nd and 3rd, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Penelope Eckert, Linguistics & Anthropology, Stanford University
 The theme for this year’s Michicagoan “Coordinating Continuities,” draws attention to how contexts with discrete spatial and temporal orders are brought into alignment. By attending to the synchronization of such chronotopic frames, we hope to bring into focus the work done in producing coherent continuities – of ‘a’ language, nation, history, narrative, and so forth – out of what might otherwise be distinct and distant temporal, spatial, and ontological orders. We ask not only what present ties to past, future, and remote contexts are brought into being, but how coherence is created, maintained, and systematized across scales and not withstanding potentially conflicting ideological frameworks.
Conference Schedule
Friday, May 2nd
12:00pm                Registration and Lunch
1:00pm                  Panel 1: (Re)placing and (Re)identifying
2:45pm                  Panel 2: Marginality and the Construction of Memory
5:00pm                  Refreshment Break
5:30pm                  Keynote Address: Penelope Eckert, Stanford University
6:30pm                  Student Dinner at Haskell Hall, 1126 East 59th Street
Saturday, May 3rd
9:00am                  Breakfast
10:00am                Panel 3: Text and Representation
12:00pm                Lunch
1:00pm                  Panel 4: Modes of Indexicality
3:00pm                  Refreshment Break
3:30pm                  Panel 5: Coordinating the Nation-State
5:30pm                  Dinner
6:30pm                  Party at Haskell Hall, 1126 East 59th Street
Funded by The Student Government, The Lichtstern Fund, The Humanities Division, The Department of Linguistics, The Student Catering Fund, and The Center for the Study of Communication and Society

Spring 2014 Theme & Schedule

The Semiotics Workshop is pleased to announce its 2014 Spring Quarter Theme and Schedule:
“Scaling Back”
In the Spring Quarter, we continue our attention to the bridging of disparate contexts, but focus on the particular challenges of theorizing the junction of scalar differences. On the one hand, we will attend to negotiations between micro and macro scales; between individuals and nations, states and groups, interactions and institutions. We are interested here in how these interactions are grounded across scale. On the other hand, we are here dealing with the question of transduction: on the appearance of sameness over scales, that is, over synecdochically-figurated contexts.
April 10th – “Kujenga Mayuts (Building the Youth): Managing ‘youth’ in a Kenyan comic book”
Elizabeth Brummel Phd Candidate, Anthropology
Univ. of Chicago
Discussant: Janet Connor
Collegiate Assistant Professor, Society of Fellows, Anthropology
Univ. of Chicago
Discussant: Chris Bloechl
May 8th – “Why Can’t Asians Speak Good English?”
Adrienne Lo
Associate Professor, Anthropology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
May 22nd – “When is a dick a dick? Love and hate in the Israeli Controlled Territories”
Yaqub Hilal
PhD Candidate, Anthropology
Univ. of Chicago
May 29th – “The Stakes of Storytelling: Hip Hop Historiography and Narrating an Ex-YU Scene”
Owen Kohl PhD Candidate, Anthropology
Univ. of Chicago
June 5th – “Language in Revolutionary Moments: Army Myths and Public Crises”
Menna Khalil
PhD Student, Anthropology
Univ. of Chicago

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